YOU TOO CAN BE RESTORED Thursday, 12 February 2015
“And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.” Joel 2:25 (KJV)
We read yesterday about how a woman cast a stone on Abimelech’s head and broke his skull. This woman and her actions signify the breaking of his lordship. I want to encourage you to keep on growing in the Lord because God is about to discomfit your enemies. All you need to do is run to the strong tower and keep on growing. Before you know it, you will have outgrown your challenges. You will get to the point where you become well inflated like a football that bounces back when it is thrown on the ground. I want to declare to you that you are bouncing back! The Bible says that our light afflictions last but for a moment; however, they work for us a great reward. Even the affliction that the enemy brings against you is working for you because of whom you know and what you know. For we understand that all things work together for our good.
Romans 15:4 say that all things have been written for our learning so that we will have hope and be prepared for the challenges of this life. One of the most outstanding biblical examples we as believers can learn from is the story of Job. Even though the enemy came against Job left, right and centre, he kept on saying, “My Redeemer liveth.” He stood in the strong tower and said, “Though the Lord slays me, I will still trust Him. Though He tries me I will come forth as gold.”The enemy told him to curse God and die but he refused to. They asked him whether he understood what he was going through. And he said, “No, but all the days of my life will I wait until my change comes.”
You know the devil is very subtle. He knew that if he could get a hold of Job’s finances and keep him from making sacrifices, he would get Job. All of Job’s friends mocked him. In the eyes of men, Job was finished but in the eyes of God, he was going to another dimension. God asked Job’s friends why they were speaking ignorantly and accusing him unjustly. God told the men to take their rams and cattle, give them to Job, and let him pray on their behalf. When Job got the cattle he ran to the altar to make a sacrifice because he knew that once there is a sacrifice on the altar the devil is in trouble. He went to the altar and sacrificed, came back, and laid his hands upon the men and prayed for them. The Bible says that God restored Job and his latter days were greatly increased; he received double for all his troubles.
If Job went through all he did and was restored, you too can be restored. You will not be stranded in whatever you are going through. Whatever you have lost shall be restored. Your lips will testify; the hand of God will rest upon your life. I bless you in Jesus’ name.
Further reading: Job 1:1-2:10, Joel 2:25-27 Daily Bible reading: Morning-Leviticus 13, Evening-Matthew 26:26-50